by Beverly Hutchinson McNeff
“Father, You stand before me and behind, beside me, in the place I see myself, and everywhere I go. You are in all the things I look upon, the sounds I hear, and every hand that reaches for my own. In You time disappears, and place becomes a meaningless belief. For what surrounds Your Son and keeps him safe is Love itself.”
These beautiful and reassuring thoughts begin Workbook Lesson 264 from A Course in Miracles. And, these are more than just thoughts; they are affirmations of faith. It is by faith that we feel God’s mighty presence even when our world may show us fearful situations. Faith carries us past the dark shadows of doubt to a new dawn of safety and love.
Faith is not some fantasy; something we call upon when reality is too great for us and we need an escape. Faith is a very active help. Having the faith to affirm that God is with you every step of the way is the only truth there is. Every thought to the contrary is an illusion. God is with us in every sight, sound, and touch. God gives life meaning and purpose. God shows us how our faith is the glue that keeps us close to Him even through the trials of life. God and faith go hand in hand.
It almost sounds as if this lesson is asking us to just believe an abstract without any concrete proof. Since our egos need physical proof of our faith in God and His mighty works, it is given us. The Course tells us that the way we experience God is through our relationships with each other. “Nothing in the world is holier than helping one who asks for help. And two come very close to God in this attempt…where two have joined for healing, God is there.” (P-2.V.4:2)
Affirming that you are “surrounded by the Love of God” is the key to experiencing God, for it starts a chain reaction in you that silently touches friends, family and even strangers. As your mind affirms in faith that God’s love surrounds every activity you do, every place you go, and every relationship you experience, you become all at once a magnet and a lighthouse of healing and love: Attracting only love into your life and shining only love out from your life.
Let us rest in the faith that God’s love is surrounding us, and let us experience this love by joining with our brothers for healing. “I am surrounded by the Love of God…My brothers, join with me in this today. This is salvation’s prayer. Must we not join in what will save the world, along with us?”